Communities of ethnic and linguistic minorities strengthen their solidarity to defend themselves and their territories from expanding extractive industries in Zimbabwe

Communities of ethnic and linguistic minorities strengthen their solidarity to defend themselves and their territories from expanding extractive industries in Zimbabwe

By 2023, Zimbabwe is projecting a US$12 billion economic target from extractive industries (mostly for gold, diamonds, coal, gas, and lithium), supposed to support ambitious development targets. This industrial expansion is expected to allow multinational companies to tap into the … Read more

Sustaining in a practical way the spiritual force of women (zomo newen) to protect our Mapuche territory in the south of Chile.

Sustaining in a practical way the spiritual force of women (zomo newen) to protect our Mapuche territory in the south of Chile.

Our Lof Domingo Cayun Panicheo, located in the First and Second Corral of the Puelo River Valley in southern Chile, is a territory in which the zomo newen (women’s spiritual force) stands out and which we consider sacred.  It is … Read more

Children and youth of pastoralist peoples in Isiolo county (Kenya) learn from their elders how to become custodians of cultural and natural heritage

Children and youth of pastoralist peoples in Isiolo county (Kenya) learn from their elders how to become custodians of cultural and natural heritage

Ecologically harsh and sparsely populated, the northern regions of Kenya are home to different ethnic groups with livelihoods centered on mobile pastoralism and foraging.  Vibrant ecological knowledge and skills have enabled people like the Gabbra, Borana, Saakuyye, Somali, Turkana, Samburu, … Read more

Self-strengthening towards collective forest rights— a first attempt at taking advantage of progressive new legislation in Kenya!

Self-strengthening towards collective forest rights— a first attempt at taking advantage of progressive new legislation in Kenya!

This initiative will facilitate the self-strengthening of two communities towards improved collective governance and management of forests via re-learning and application of their traditional knowledge and skills.  On this solid ground, the communities will then seek to acquire collective land … Read more

Self-managed Job Bank for indigenous and mestizo women and youth in an urban periphery in Chiapas (Mexico)

Self-managed Job Bank for indigenous and mestizo women and youth in an urban periphery in Chiapas (Mexico)

The Tierra Roja Cuxtitali Community Center offers a community learning space in the north-eastern outskirts of San Cristobal de Las Casas (Chiapas-Mexico).  This initiative— conceived by women and youth of the Community Center from both indigenous and mestizo backgrounds— is … Read more

Our project in Indian-administered Kashmir impeded by the Indian government !

Our project in Indian-administered Kashmir impeded by the Indian government !

The Foundation Board is sad and appalled to communicate that a project approved in 2020 (described here) has been de facto impeded by the Indian government, which has instructed the relevant Bank to reject our financial deposit with no … Read more

Indigenous youth organizing for sustainable livelihoods in the forested foothills of Himalaya (Indian-administered Kashmir)

Indigenous youth organizing for sustainable livelihoods in the forested foothills of Himalaya (Indian-administered Kashmir)

The Pir Panjal range is a group of mountains in the Lesser Himalaya.  The forested foothills of the Pir Panjal, in Indian-administered Kashmir, are inhabited by indigenous communities and rich in natural resources, which increasingly attract outside exploiters. This initiative … Read more

Conserving the language and culture of the Vadda people of Sri Lanka - important steps to keep alive their identity and solidarity

Conserving the language and culture of the Vadda people of Sri Lanka – important steps to keep alive their identity and solidarity

The Vadda are an aboriginal people in Sri Lanka, known to have inhabited the island well before the arrival of the Aryans. Currently, they live in scattered spots and some groups have mixed with other ethnic groups in the country. … Read more

Community Radio Brisas del Sur: strengthening local and indigenous governance in the mapuche-chono Antunen Rain community on the Aysén coast, Chile

Community Radio Brisas del Sur: strengthening local and indigenous governance in the mapuche-chono Antunen Rain community on the Aysén coast, Chile

This initiative will implement a communication strategy to strengthen local and indigenous governance in the Huichas archipelago, off the coast of the Aysén region in Chilean Patagonia. The project will have a positive impact on three levels.

At the local … Read more

Community solidarity in reaction to COVID 19 in Paute (Ecuador)

Community solidarity in reaction to COVID 19 in Paute (Ecuador)

Since early 2020, all countries in the world have been progressively affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, a disease whose impact is felt most severely by poor and disadvantaged communities.  Importantly, the disease requires a strong sense of mutual care … Read more

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